The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies' payroll is just over $170 million. Unfortunately, general manager Ruben Amaro's management of that cash has led to large sums of money spread out over only a few players—some worthy of their paycheck, some not even close.
The Phillies have finally gotten back over the .500 mark, but a team with this high of a payroll should never find itself 14 games under .500 to begin with.
Amaro has been too quick to sign players to extensions and overpay for talent. He might have to learn the hard way from his mistakes, but we'll leave that decision to David Montgomery.
The Phillies have moved further and further away from a World Series victory ever since Amaro took over the helm in 2009. The Phillies' streak of five straight NL East titles will end in a few short weeks, but at three games back from a wild-card spot, the Phillies still have a shot at returning to the postseason.
Here are three of the best and three of the worst allocations of funds for the 2012 Phillies.